Messier 89

89 final

Object:   M89 (NGC 4552) Date:               2019 April 11
Type:              Elliptical galaxy
Constellation:           Virgo Time & altitude:          00.00 UT   50º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               2/5
            R.A:                12h 36m Transparency (5 high):                   2/5
            Dec:                12º 33 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1  Dob.
            Magnitude     10.7 (see notes) Eyepiece       8mm Ethos    x260
            Size (mins)    3.5 Filters:            None


Drifting broken cloud continues to interfere, and the wind is now gusting.  Magnitude per Megastar is 10.7m. Burnham’s offers 11.0m and Sulentic’s 1975 RNGC says 11.5m. This is a round galaxy. An extensive halo concentrates to a tiny, bright nucleus.